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15 September 2012
at 12:43 p.m.
This comment (above) is interesting: “People curious about Mormonism should learn about it from Mormons, not atheists, evangelicals, or the media.”
I think Scientologists would say the same thing, as would any group wanting only their side of the story told.
I think people wanting to learn about Mormonism should definitely learn about it from Mormons. But they should also look to any possible source they can find for fair minded information.
I wouldn't rely on only Ford brochures for information on Fords. I would look to Consumer Reports too.
14 September 2012
at 5:54 p.m.
Oh, and as for Mormons “volunteering seven times the number of hours as the general population”? Far and away most of those volunteer hours are spent administering things in their organization. They count as “volunteering” attending meetings on how to bring more people into Mormonism. They also count as “volunteering” counting the money that is collected each week and taking it to the bank.
The same study that was quoted above found that when all those internal tasks were backed out, Mormons volunteer no more than other Americans.
14 September 2012
at 5:42 p.m.
Mormonism doesn't seem to disclose the truth about itself until really pressed.
1. Mormons can claim they are Christian all they want, but their meaning of “grace” is FAR different from other faiths. Unless you pay a 10% income tax to the church you can't enter the temple or enter the highest level of Heaven. That is NOT Christian.
2. Mormons do indeed still believe in polygamy. They may not practice it right now, but it is still doctrinal for them and is still practiced, according to them, in the afterlife.
3. What goes on in Mormon temples is cult-like. I know. I did it. Secret hand-shakes, hands held high overhead while chanting as a group. That is NOT Christian.
4. The notion that people “won't go to Hell if they don't believe it” is misleading. Only temple-tax paying Mormons get into the “highest level” of Heaven. Period.
5. Joseph Smith was a con man. Brigham Young was a racist. Those men were not prophets.
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